As I am sure you are aware, the event industry has been decimated by the Coronavirus Pandemic this year, with the Great Dorset Steam Fair also being severely affected, including the cancellation of the 2020 event. The ongoing problem the GDSF Board of Directors face is that of complete uncertainty as to what statutory restrictions will be in place next year.
At this time it is still planned for the 2021 event to go ahead, however, as you can appreciate, the safety and wellbeing of our Visitors, Exhibitors, Traders, Staff and Contractors is always our primary concern, combined with the effect to the Local Area, Parishes and Residents. We are also very conscious of the impact that the event would have on Emergency Services, Local Authority and Partner Agencies, and we do not want to unnecessarily stretch their resources any further.
With the above in mind the GDSF Board of Directors will review the situation in February and a further update will be given then.
Martin Oliver, Managing Director, Great Dorset Steam Fair Ltd.